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Johann Sebastian Bach
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"There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself."
 
"To write great music, the musician must make his life a great song. "
 
"Ceaseless work, analysis, reflection, writing much, endless self-correction, that is my secret. "
 
"The aim and final reason of all music should be nothing else but the Glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit."
 
"I was obliged to work hard. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed just as well."
 
"Whereas the Honorable and Most Wise Council of this Town of Leipzig have engaged me as Cantor of the St. Thomas School... I shall set the boys a shining example... serve the school industriously... bring the music in both the principal churches of this town into good estate... faithfully instruct the boys not only in vocal but also in instrumental music... arrange the music so that it shall not last too long, and shall... not make an operatic impression, but rather incite the listeners to devotion... treat the boys in a friendly manner and with caution, but, in case they do not wish to obey, chastise them with moderation or report them to the proper place."
 
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